Sustainability Event

We are delighted to support our colleague, Jason Dodier, in publicizing a special sustainability event!

Jason is a co-founder of FountainHeadRI. On October 11, 2018, the organization will present a panel discussion on innovation and sustainable economies in Providence RI.

You are welcome to register for the event online. If you are visiting Providence that day, why not stop by and join Jason there?

Program Update

Hello, CSVP participants! We hope that you enjoyed the summer. You may be wondering what we’re planning for the upcoming year; here is a synopsis of our thoughts and expectations.

First and foremost, after forty hours of education and service activity during each of the past two years, we believe that you have clearly achieved an expert level of knowledge regarding sustainable value. This belief led us to debate whether you must dedicate such a significant amount of time to our program in order to simply “sustain” (pardon the pun) your credential.

We’ve concluded that one day (i.e. eight hours) of education per year should be sufficient to refresh your knowledge, and an additional one day (i.e. eight hours) of service per year should be sufficient to apply your knowledge to an organizational challenge. Thus, we are currently planning to reach out to you later in the year to arrange for sixteen total hours of activity.

Incidentally, we still believe that our original forty hour requirement is needed for new participants in our program. This new sixteen hour requirement is only applicable to our expert participants.

In the meantime, I (i.e. Michael Kraten) am using the Integrated Reporting “Octopus” framework as the central organizational structure of a graduate business course on entrepreneurship. If you are interested in following the progress of the course, and if you wish to offer your advice to our students, you are certainly welcome to do so. Please feel free to subscribe to the blog SaveTheBlueFrog.com, where we are posting our weekly class notes.

If you have any other questions about our plans, please let me know. I’ll continue to keep you posted about our activities.

It’s A Wrap!

Thank you, all! We have now concluded our final text-based learning activity for the 2017-18 program year. It’s a wrap!

Nevertheless, we must still complete a few unfinished activities. What are they?

For starters, our Certificate Ceremony and Reception will take place on Tuesday evening at the Providence Marriott. I will personally contact each of our CSVP members via email to request a final confirmation of attendance, to communicate timing and location information, and to inquire about an alternative activity for individuals who are unable to attend in person.

In that same email message, I will also ask about your availability for a group conference call to discuss our past experiences and our future plans. Although we would prefer to hold a single call with all of our members, scheduling concerns may require us to divide into smaller call groups.

Regarding our administrative protocols, we are now ready to complete our final attestation of the program year. As always, you are welcome to click on the Attestation Statement menu link on our blog page and complete the form. It will only require a minute or two of your time.

I am very proud of the accomplishments that we achieved during the 2017-18 program year. And I am looking forward to celebrating those accomplishments with you at the Providence Marriott this week!

P.S. The answers to the multiple choice questions for our March 2018 activity are C-A-D-B.

Today’s Deadline

It’s here! Today is the deadline for our final written activity of the program year. By the end of the day, we shall all be ready to place our proverbial pens down on our desks, and to congratulate each other for having earned our CSVP designations.

Of course, as always, you are welcome to let us know if you need a few extra days to complete the activities. Once we all do so, we will proceed to our wrap-up tasks.

What are those tasks? As you know, we’ll meet for our Certificate Ceremony and Reception on Tuesday, April 24th at the Providence Marriott. Soon thereafter, as we’ve mentioned in a few blog posts, we’ll schedule group phone calls to discuss the value of our Integrated Report and our plans for the 2018-19 year.

But, for now, let’s simply focus on the completion of our current task. And then we’ll proceed towards our bright — and sustainable — future!

One Week Reminder

Hello, CSVP colleagues! Please keep in mind that our learning activity deadline is one week from today, i.e. Sunday, April 15th.

And then, a mere nine days later, we shall celebrate at our annual award ceremony and reception at the Providence Marriott on Tuesday, April 24th!

First we work, then we play.  🙂

Reviewing Our Second Draft

We’re ready to proceed to the third and final stage of our Integrated Report development process! Our second draft is now ready for your review; hopefully, the next draft will be our final one.

You are now welcome to access our Documents folder and download the file entitled 0318 Integrated Report – Experiential Learning 3 of 3. Given our customary two week completion schedule, let’s establish a deadline date of Sunday, April 15th.

That is actually a very timely deadline, given that our first-ever Annual CSVP Certificate award ceremony and reception will occur at the Providence Marriott on Tuesday, April 24th! We look forward to greeting you there.

Afterwards, in late April or early May, we’ll (finally!) schedule our telephone conference calls. That’s when we’ll conclude our program year by discussing the Integrated Report, our process of developing it, and all of the other activities which engaged our efforts throughout the ten month period.

By the way, when you review the second draft, you will undoubtedly notice that we credited all of the members of our program for contributing to its content. However, we only included the direct quotes of a number of our members. If any one would like to contribute a new direct quote, or would prefer to modify an existing one, you are most certainly welcome to do so.

Most importantly, we continue to appreciate your contribution to the development of our first-ever Integrated Report. It is a truly historic document, and it is self-evidently true that we couldn’t have completed it without each and every one of you.

And so … thank you!

P.S. The answers to the multiple choice questions for our February 2018 activity are D-B-C-A.

Wrapping It Up

Hello, CSVP Team! We just wanted to let you know that we’re still in the process of wrapping up our next Integrated Report learning activity.

What is taking so long? Well, we unexpectedly encountered a point of debate! Some felt that we should present a polished final draft to our RISCPA executives. Others felt that we should present our current draft to them as a work-in-progress, and ask for their feedback.

We ultimately decided to take a compromise approach that is “a little bit of each” of these options. But the debate cost us several days, and thus we now plan to issue our third and final Integrated Report learning activity this weekend.

In the meantime, thank you for your continuing patience! We do appreciate it very much.